The World's Most Useful
Gem & Jewelry Monthly Newsletter
Written by Carolyn Doyle for customers of
The Dorado Company
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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.
"How do you get your gem
stones to stand straight up in the gem box when you send them to me? I
can't make even one stand up!"
That was the question I
For those who have not received a gem order
from us, the gem box referred to is a small, clear plastic box with a foam
insert used to protect and display gems.
Some dealers use other styles,
a white plastic box with a
clear plastic or glass window in the top
a smaller round plastic
box with foam insert, called a gem jar
a black foam insert in a
gem box or jar
but they all serve the same
purpose... to protect and display a gem stone.
If you put a gem into the box
and press the gem down into the foam, it will just come back up, fall
over, and be sitting there looking at you when you try to put the lid on.
trick is to use gravity, not fight it.
Take the lid off the box and lay it face
Now put the gem stone(s) face down
inside the lid.
You can even arrange the gems with ease.
complete the task, place the box on the lid, taking care to secure the box
in the lid without moving the gem stones.
Now simply turn the box upright... and the
gem stones are all standing up!
I've been asked to include more
industry news each month, so...
Burma rough is flowing again. The
Myanmar (Burma) government has reopened it's Thailand border crossings.
Myanmar has a continuing internal
problem with opposition warlords, who smuggle timber and other resources
out of the country... (usually by river) to avoid paying a high duty to the
Much of the high quality ruby,
sapphire, spinel, and jade gem rough is also smuggled to Thailand by local
miners and dealers for the same reason.
It seems that every year or two the
Myanmar government and troops of one of the warlords have a battle, and
the government seals the border to all traffic.
This shuts off the illegal flow of gems
as well as other goods.
The latest occurrence was about a year
ago, and the Thai gem cutters began experiencing a serious shortage of
rough to facet.
The border traffic (and the flow of
rough) resumed about two months ago, as the Myanmar government changed
their policy once more.
A few years ago several pearl farms
were established along the Myanmar coast. These are joint ventures
partnering private foreign companies and the socialist government of
Production from these farms are now
becoming commercially viable. The need to export these South Seas cultured
pearls may have contributed to the change in policy.
I guess it's hard to run a country
without trading with your neighbors.
A Pretty Good Year
Thanks to all of you for a pretty good
year at The Dorado Company. Sales are up and we our prices are down as we
continue to improve our buying power and sources.
The Jewelry Dealer Program is growing
and looks very promising.
A number of you are taking advantage of
our Gem Special Offers and helping us grow the number of people visiting
our website. It's working better than traditional advertising did.
Most of the major jewelry retailers are
reporting 2 to 5 percent increases in sales over last year's holiday
Car sales were up, as were sales of new
and resale homes. So it's looking like clothing and electronics were the
weak spots in sales.
The economy appears to be doing better
than news reports indicate.
Again, thank you for a successful year.
We hope all you new dealers are having
success and enjoying yourselves. Isn't the jewelry business fun and easy!
For those thinking of becoming a dealer, now is a
great time to join the program and jump start your new jewelry
The holidays are behind us for now, but there's
Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special days
There's always a market when you're selling
And now it's time for the Tucson Gem
you're going to be there, send us an email now and lets get together in Tucson.
Check out the new traffic
building feature we're experimenting with. You can buy featured gems at
or below our cost.
All you dealers... these featured gems are a great buy. You can increase your
profits even more with these gems.
Thank you for a successful year.
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